I was making a post on the gamedev meta and after I posted it I noticed that between the Header and the image I first uploaded there was a trailing [ and I went to edit the post and remove it, only...

Weird [

...it doesn't actually exist, except as part of the image embed markup.

Blue to notate the original image (and scribble over the original freehand circle).

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  • I totally missed that >..> Also, that's a comment for that post. Nov 11, 2018 at 18:17
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    Images uploaded via the uploader are supposed to be linked. It appears that there's a missing bracket after on. Since that isn't the default image description, I assume you deleted that bracket by mistake when typing up the description. Nov 11, 2018 at 19:38
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog ...that's exactly what it is. Doh. Thanks. I couldn't see it because I just don't actually understand how the markup for images works. ;) Nov 11, 2018 at 21:57
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog that's worthy of an answer, along with retagging this to support. Nov 12, 2018 at 7:42

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As noted in the comments, you're missing a ] before the first [1] (which you presumably deleted by mistake).

[text][number] is a link.

![text][number] is an inline image.

Putting the two together (by replacing the "text" part of the link with an image, to make an image with a link) gives you [![text][number]][number].

In your case, apart from the extra [, this would mean the image isn't also a link, as the text of the image is text[number] instead of just text, and the last [number] is consumed for the image, and is thus not available to make a link.

You can also use the alternative form [text](url) in any of the 3 cases above (although in the last case that would require the URL appearing twice rather than just having it once with 2 references to it).


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